DUI Defense Attorney
WHAT CONSTITUTES DUI?
Driving under the influence of alcohol (or controlled substance) is a criminal charge, governed by Fla. Stat. § 316.193. To sustain a conviction for DUI, the State must prove two elements: (i) you were in actual physical control of the vehicle, and (ii) you had a blood-alcohol-concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, or your normal faculties were impaired.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR DUI?
In Florida, a DUI can be filed as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the relative facts. Commonly, first and second DUI offenses are filed as misdemeanors, unless injury or property damage are involved. A third DUI offense within 10 years of the second offense can be filed as a felony; and a fourth offense, regardless of time since the third offense, is a felony in Florida.
The penalties for DUI depend on a variety of factors; however, they may include: substantial fines, suspension of driver’s license, and even jail.
I WAS CHARGED WITH DUI, WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Aside from the criminal penalties, a charge of DUI can greatly affect your ability to gain employment, approval of rental applications, and, not to mention, increases in insurance premiums. It’s imperative that you consult with a qualified DUI defense attorney to discuss your best options.
The process following a DUI arrest is not easy, but competent legal representation by an experienced DUI defense attorney can ensure your interest is best served.
Call us today to speak to a DUI defense attorney about your situation.